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River Don Trout flies and tactics

The months of April and May give visiting anglers the best chance of hooking into the larger specimen fish for which the River Don is renowned for. These fish are on the move returning back to their usual holding areas and are generally feeding more frequently after the colder winter and spring period. through June and into September sport can still be good but the trout do become more selective. Anglers enjoy better success if they are prepared to put in unsociable hours and fish early in the morning and well in to the evening.

Trout feeding patterns are dictated by what food is available and with such an abundant variety of insects to be found in the Don you must be prepared T0 experiment with dries, wets, and nymphs to have the best chance of success. a Small black spider teamed up with the must have Don fly a Greenwell Glory and fished wet will usually produce some sport with smaller trout. During April and May keep a look out for the large and small dark olives, march brown and iron blues hatching generally around midday into early afternoon.

There is a healthy population of sticklebacks and minnows especially in the lower river, and the larger trout love to feed on these. Silver or bloody Butcher, Alexandria or any fry imitation pattern can be productive especially just as it is getting dark during the long summer months.

Summer Grilse



Brownie being released.


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